EGMR: Forthcoming Grand Chamber judgment concerning defamation proceedings

The European Court of Human Rights will be delivering a Grand Chamber judgment in the case of Medžlis Islamske Zajednice Brčko and Others v. Bosnia and Herzegovina (application no. 17224/11) at a public hearing on 27 June 2017 at 3 p.m. in the Human Rights Building, Strasbourg. The case concerns a finding of defamation in civil proceedings against four organisations for a letter they had sent to the highest authorities of their district complaining of a certain person’s application for the post of director of the Brčko District multi-ethnic radio and television station. Soon afterwards the letter was published in a number of daily newspapers. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen

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EGMR: Cumhuriyetçi Eğitim Ve Kültür Merkezi Vakfı v. Turkey (no. 32093/10)

The applicant, Cumhuriyetçi Eǧitim ve Kültür Merkezi Vakfı or CEM Vakfi (the Foundation for Republican Education and Culture), is a foundation set up under Turkish law in 1995. The case concerned the possibility under Turkish law for places of worship to be granted an exemption from paying electricity bills and the refusal to grant this privilege to the applicant foundation. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen

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EGMR: Fortchcoming judgment on Tuesday 20 June 2017 – Cumhuriyetçi Eğitim Ve Kültür Merkezi Vakfı v. Turkey (no. 32093/10)

The applicant, Cumhuriyetçi Eǧitim ve Kültür Merkezi Vakfı or CEM Vakfi (the Foundation for Republican Education and Culture), is a foundation set up under Turkish law in 1995. The case concerns the possibility under Turkish law for places of worship to be granted an exemption from paying electricity bills and the refusal to grant this privilege to the applicant foundation. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen

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EGMR: Refusal by authorities to register Ahmadiyya Muslim Community as a religious association breached the Convention

In today’s Chamber judgment in the case of Metodiev and Others v. Bulgaria (application no. 58088/08) the European Court of Human Rights held, unanimously, that there had been: a violation of Article 9 (freedom of religion) of the European Convention on Human Rights construed in the light of Article 11 (freedom of association). Den Rest des Beitrags lesen

EGMR: Forthcoming judgment on Thursday 15 June 2017 – Metodiev and Others v. Bulgaria (no. 58088/08)

The applicants are 31 Bulgarian nationals, who are Ahmadi Muslims, a religious movement aligned with the Sunni tradition. The case concerns the refusal by the authorities to register a new religious association called the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community as a denomination. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen

EGMR: Refusal of Bulgarian authorities to register an association promoting the rights of the Muslim minority was not “necessary in a democratic society”

In today’s Chamber judgment in the case of National Turkish Union and Kungyun v. Bulgaria (application no. 4776/08) the European Court of Human Rights held, unanimously, that there had been: a violation of Article 11 (freedom of assembly and association) of the European Convention on Human Rights. The case concerned the refusal of the Bulgarian authorities to register an association promoting the rights of the Muslim minority in Bulgaria. Referring back to its case-law, the Court found that there was no “pressing social need” to require any association wishing to pursue political aims to constitute a political party if it was not the intention of the founders to take part in elections. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen

EGMR: Forthcoming judgment on Thursday 8 June 2017 – National Turkish Union and Kungyun v. Bulgaria (no. 4776/08)

The applicants are the association the National Turkish Union, and Menderes Mehmet Kungyun, a Bulgarian national who was born in 1950 and lives in Kazanlak. Mr Kungyun, a founder member and president of the association, complains of the Bulgarian authorities’ refusal to register the association. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen